Science Days and Woodland Sessions on the Ledston and Otterden Estates

 

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With the help of the Wheler Foundation, Countryside Learning now carry out bespoke Science Days and woodland sessions on the Ledston Estate near Leeds in West Yorkshire and the Otterden Estate near Faversham in Kent.

The site at Ledston also benefits from a new Education Centre.

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We carry out a range of activities during these sessions and can adapt sessions to fit in with the topics that schools would like to cover. We run around 30 sessions per year at Ledston between March and November to suit what the schools are covering in the curriculum at a particular time. These sessions are free of charge. Please email Barbara for more details barbara@countrysidelearning.org

 

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Quotes from children at Ackworth Howard School

“Thank you for a lovely opportunity. I really enjoyed making dens. I learnt lots about trees and wild animals. You were really fascinating in the classroom.”

“Thank you for giving us the opportunity to come to Ledston Wood. It was even better than I imagined. It was outstanding! You gave us LOTS of information. When we were going back to school I felt disappointed as I felt it was the best time ever.”

“It was a great experience for me. I love all nature. Thank you for everything you did for us, it was a marvellous day. My opinion is that everyone should come to Ledston Wood because it is a great place and we all enjoyed it. I loved the games we played and the scavenger hunt was amazing.”

“The trip was spectacular and I loved every bit of it. I thought the experience was exceptional and no one should miss it. I learnt lots from you and hope to learn a lot more! On the way back I had the biggest smile on my face.”

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Woodland sessions at Otterden have increased significantly and we now run sessions in April, June and October. These sessions are free of charge. Our new Education Officer, Guy Ledger, based down in Otterden, also runs his own Forestry Management Company, L M Forestry in Ashford, so can show the children how the wood is processed and can also fell a tree for them, which is always a popular activity. If you were wanting a session at any time other than the above then we may be able to accommodate you. For further details please email Barbara barbara@countrysidelearning.org

Some comments from teachers:

” The children had a lovely time. They don’t often get to go outside or have these experiences.  It was very valuable.”

“Another fabulously inspiring session – MANY THANKS Barbara you were wonderful with my class and it was a pleasure to work with you again.”

“Barbara conducted our visit authoritatively and she was an excellent source of answers for the children.”

“The best organised trip I have been on as a teacher. The kids and I loved it.”

“Guy was entertaining and extremely knowledgeable and both adults and children enjoyed the morning.”

“It was a great trip and the children really enjoyed it and took so much from it. Thanks for organising a fun educational trip”.

“Barbara had some really great practical activities that she did with the children that they all really enjoyed. She also had a great rapport with the children and they learnt a lot more about the different types of trees.”

“A fantastic day, lead brilliantly by Barbara. Brilliant activities that were all age appropriate, interactive and informative. Thanks”

“Thank you for a great day, the children really enjoyed it and the staff and parents that also came commented on what a good trip it was.”

“It was a lovely morning. Guy is brilliant with the children.”

“Fabulous session, well planned and very engaging. Great resources and enough of everything. The children (and adults) really enjoyed it and have taken lots away from the morning.”

“An extremely informative session, packed with activities and learning. A dynamic delivery by Mrs Brannigan.”

“I spoke to the Y4 teacher and she was very impressed with Guy. The children had a great time and were full of chatter about it when they got back to school.”

“Thank you for the fantastic workshops that you provided for our Year 1 children. The feedback I got from pupils and teachers alike was excellent.”

“Barbara was fantastic and the experience was tailored to our needs perfectly, would definitely recommend.”

“Very good! Would do it again! Barbara was fantastic with the children.”

“Thanks again Barbara – as ever, professionally delivered. You motivated, encouraged and enthused my group of younger children this time.”

“Excellent educational visit to embed tricky concepts.”

“Very enjoyable session, led by a very good, enthusiastic, knowledgeable practioner.”

“Entertaining and informative.”

“The children loved the interactive elements of the workshop – the scavenger hunt was a particular favourite.”

“All the children really enjoyed the den building. The workshop was very educational and Barbara was great!”

 “The children really enjoyed the opportunity and benefitted from this activity. They have carried their enthusiasm over into the classroom based work which includes art (still life drawing”, science (habitats) and literacy (recount and information writing). “

 “The children had a wonderful experience and particularly enjoyed the shelter building activity. On our return to school, our Head asked a child what mark they would give the visit out of 10 and she said 11. I think that says it all!”

“Just wanted to thank you and Guy for making our visit today so fantastic. The children had a wonderful time and learnt lots about trees, seeds and looking after woodland. Enabling the children to explore and interact with the woodland helped them to better appreciate all that it gives us. It was such a valuable experience.”

 “Thanks for a wonderful session. We all enjoyed it so much. What a wonderful opportunity for the children to run around and enjoy the wood and learn so much at the same time. We have ditched our original lesson plans and spent the rest of the week learning more about trees. You really inspired us! We are going to plant our new trees in the school grounds next Monday and also make a huge collage of a tree on the school field.”

 “The workshop was very educational and Barbara was great!”

If you would be interested in a bespoke science day or woodland session, please email Barbara Brannigan barbara@countrysidelearning.org

Showing the children how the wood is processed to make fencing

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 Moving the felled trunks onto the tractor               

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Cutting the trunks into logs for the fire

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Counting the rings to see the age of the tree      

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Disc rolling competition

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Leaf Identification

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Learning is fun in the woods                               

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Display at school

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 A couple of thank you letters – please click to enlarge

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The acorns that will grow into trees                           

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Yoga Tree Pose

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Tree Measuring

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Bone Collection

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Den Building                                    Taking a well earned rest

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